2009 VEX World Championship Announced


Building upon the success of the inaugural VEX World Championship in May 2008, the tournament for the 2008-2009 season will move to a much larger venue to accommodate the growing popularity of the VEX Robotics Competition. We’re pleased to announce the site for the second annual VEX World Championship (April 30 - May 2, 2009) will be the Dallas Convention Center and Arena located in downtown Dallas, Texas featuring a 9,816-seat arena and covering more than one million square feet.

The 2009 Vex Robotics World Championship will include top teams from approximately 100 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments happening in cities around the world from October 2008 to April 2009. To make the World Championship celebration even more accessible to top performing teams, space has been secured to ensure that each and every winning team from any official VEX Robotics local tournament with 12 teams or more will qualify for the World Championship. Teams will play the game Elevation for the 2008-2009 season.

Exciting enhancements and additional game play activities are planned for the upcoming season. In addition to the traditional team alliance match play, there will be full fields dedicated to the Elevation Programming Skills and Robot Skills challenges, which will also each crown a 2009 World Champion. Plus, the VEX Robotics World Championship will also expand to include a separate college championship pilot for 2009, details of which will be released at the end of September, 2008.

The VEX Robotics World Championship is the final event in the 2008-2009 VEX Robotics Competition season. Winning teams from local and state VEX Robotics Competitions will have the opportunity to meet in Dallas and compete against other top-ranked teams from around the world. Giving students the opportunity to work with the VEX robotics systems promotes education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and teaches critical life skills such as teamwork, project management and problem solving. Teams can register for the 2008-2009 VEX Robotics Competition season at www.RobotEvents.com and can also view the full listing of all local events around the world.

Nice site!

Sweet! Can’t wait

Go Texas! Very cool.

it’s gonna be HOT!!!

Literally, Dallas is not a cool place. Like, it’s “cool” but not mild. :D.

Dallas is a great central geographic location. I hope more teams grow in Texas. We definitely could use a few more teams for the Houston VEX competition.

http://vex.txfirst.org (this site may be down due to Hurricane Ike …)

Great Venue Choice VEX !

WOW! that’s great! sounds really fun! I can’t wait to go there

just out of curiosity, did you intentionally leave the dates out of the Dallas announcement?

Dallas is perfect its closer and wont cost as much

Dallas is about as central in the US that you can get and not be in the middle of nowhere. Looks like a great venue.

It wasn’t left out intentionally – it’s been updated to April 30 - May 2, 2009 …

So any more info on the College Pilot?

I wish the World Championship wasn’t so close to AP (Advance Placement) tests. US students, especially juniors and seniors, might be caught in a tough position.

We had that problem last year. One of our students who was also involved in the school Music program and had several AP’s just had too many things going on at the same time. Unfortunatly robotics was the thing that had to give.

yea i have been wondering about that as well. I think last time i heard about it was there was supposed to be info on it late sept… its october 7

Yup that’s why I asked.

I’m definitely pumped about being able to participate in the Championship event in Dallas in the spring!

I have a suspicion that the college competition will pilot this year with the only event in Dallas. It’s a bit late for IFI to be announcing regionals right now, unless they occur in March or so (due to fundraising + paperwork regarding starting an official team).

But that’s 100% a guess.

More information coming very soon. Tomorrow or early next week.


Ok thanks, and fred I think you might be right. Either way I would love a chance to compete.